Quick, the sun has got its hat on! Grab a scarf and head outside for some fresh air with your little one. Here are some great ideas to pass an hour or two during lockdown.

Why not create a jar full of these ideas and pull one out at random when you need a fun activity in a hurry?

Throw some Autumn leaves!

The leaves are falling and there are so many pretty colours everywhere. Why not collect your favourite coloured leaves and enjoy a leaf shower or take some home to make a pretty picture? 

Explore the night garden

After tea grab a torch and see what you can find hiding in your garden. Remember to check under stones and in the bushes.

Go on a scavenger hunt

Head to your local park with a little bucket and search for acorns, red leaves, pine cones, and conkers. You can even draw pictures of the things little explorers need to find, so they can tick them off when they find them.

Jump in muddy puddles

Every toddler’s favourite hobby, but don’t forget their wellies! 

Go cloud spotting

What can you see? Can you spot a bunny, crocodile or a smiley face in the clouds above? 

Find frosty faces

On wintry mornings, see what shapes Jack Frost has made in your garden or at the park.

Make a fairy garden

Build a winter garden for the fairies using sticks, stones and fallen leaves. You could even fill a shell with water for a fairy paddling pool!

Play pooh sticks

Christopher Robin’s favourite game, drop your stick over the upstream side of a bridge and see whose appears on the other side first.

Make a magic woodland wand

Find a special stick and decorate it with lots of different coloured leaves and wind ribbon or string around it. When you’ve finished your magic wand, try casting a spell!

Play a game of family hide & seek

Count to 20 and see who can find Mummy or Daddy first.


We hope these fun activities help keep your little one busy during lockdown.